The San Antonio Spurs are a team that is admired by fans and teams from around the world. Their style sometimes draws criticism as being ‘boring’.
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Every team is going to have the so-called haters. For the Spurs, going out and playing the game the way it should be, team-style, trusting teammates has been their model. Though the game is changing, San Antonio is sticking by their roots if you will and still being respected by teams and players in the league, like Charlotte Hornets Nic Batum.
In an interview with The Charlotte Observer, Batum expressed his feelings on the Spurs. “That’s the way the game should be played. … Move the ball, cut, share the ball, play as a team. (It’s) always special to play against a team like that. They’ve been great for 15, 20 years now.”
Spurs have also shown that at times that they shy away from moving the ball, the team is out of sync. This past off-season San Antonio was as busy as they have ever been. With the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, two players which were top options on their respected teams, have fit right in with the Spurs and that just shows the type of team San Antonio truly is.
They make each player on the team feel important. Each has a role. This is a team with no player that is looking to be the lone spotlight. They want it on the team.
Batum has ties to the Spurs–he is a member of the French National Team with Boris Diaw and Tony Parker, and played alongside Aldridge (2008-15), Andre Miller (2009-11), and Patty Mills (2009-11) with the Portland Trail Blazers.
When you are pitted against a team like the Spurs, Batum stated that you have to be ready to bring it for 48-minutes, and you better be great. “When you play against (the Spurs) you have to be great for 48 minutes,” Batum said.